From the University of California, Davis Master of Arts in Geography

Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization MasterTrack™ Program

Solve real-world problems using geographic information systems with ArcGIS Pro and Python programming language with a top 5 public university in the U.S.

Earn a powerful university-issued career credential in as little as six months.

Earn Degree Credit If you're admitted to the Master of Arts in Geography from the University of California, Davis, your MasterTrack coursework counts towards your degree.

About this Online Certificate Program

Learn how to analyze and visualize spatial data as a data scientist.

What you will learn

  • Conduct spatial analysis and modeling with Python in ArcGISPro
  • Use Model Builder to customize script and geoprocessing tools as part of your overall geodatabase administration
  • Utilize remote sensing imagery and hyperspectral imagery to explore other parts of the electro magnetic spectrum
  • Produce attractive, easy-to-understand maps and geospatial models
  • Make informed decisions about spatial information design and mapping and follow through with them in ArcGIS Pro
  • Use Python to pre-process relict formats

Skills you will gain

  • Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • Python Programming Language
  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • Spatial Information Design
  • Data Visualization
  • Geospatial Modeling
  • Course Mode

    100% online courses

  • Course Fee

    Four payments of $750

    Or pay all at once and save 5%

  • Duration

    6 months to complete

  • Course Level

    Intermediate Level

    You should have undergraduate education or professional experience with GIS. Need a refresher? Start with the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization on Coursera.

  • Projects

    3 hands-on projects

  • Course Language


    Please contact the University of California, Davis at (800)752-0881 or

  • Course Benefits

    Earn degree credit

    If you are admitted to the full Master’s program, your MasterTrack™ courses counts towards your degree.

What is a MasterTrack™ Certificate?

With MasterTrack™ Certificates, portions of Master’s programs have been split into online modules, so you can earn a high quality university-issued career credential at a breakthrough price in a flexible, interactive format. Benefit from a deeply engaging learning experience with real-world projects and live, expert instruction. If you are accepted to the full Master's program, your MasterTrack coursework counts towards your degree.

Master’s Degree Learning

Take an online module of the UC Davis Master of Arts in Geography program that features live webinars and an interactive team-based project.

Boost Your Career

Receive a Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Certificate of Completion from UC Davis that you can add to your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Build Your Portfolio

Demonstrate your data science skills through real-world projects and create work samples that help you stand out in your job search.

Start Your Degree

If you are accepted to the UC Davis Master of Arts in Geography, your completed MasterTrack coursework counts towards your degree.

Interactive Learning Experience

You'll learn through readings, videos, graded assignments, real-world applied projects, and live global classroom sessions.

Live Global Webinars

Live Global Webinars

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Real-World Projects

Real-World Projects

3 Courses in this MasterTrack™ Program


  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Live sessions and office hours
  • Real-world projects
  • Peer collaboration
  • Web and mobile access

Please note: This program is actively being developed. Courses and projects are subject to change.

Spatial Analysis with Data Handling

This course will allow you to take your GIS skills to the next level, all while working in ArcGIS Pro. Topics will cover a wide range of applications and concepts. You will use Survey123, to populate, analyze and present data results surveyed from fellow cohorts to design and implement your own surveys using ArcGIS Collector, to gain hands-on experience in data visualization.

The course will also explore the utility of using applications to establish topography rules to streamline and create accurate data. Using data from the United States Census, you will explore the value that this information can have on environmental justice and public health issues. Topographic topics will include derivatives of Digital Elevation Models, with various methods for display and analysis, as well as 2D and 3D representation, complete with the generation and export of a fly-through animation video. You will also use Model Builder and Python to build tools to automate repeated tasks, enable others to make changes in the workflow, or evaluate the results.

See all 3 Courses

Industry-relevant hands-on projects to build your portfolio

Spatial Data Handling with Python

Project 1


  • Reading and writing spatial data into Python
  • Extracting raster values with vector objects
  • Manipulating vector data in Python (union, intersect, aggregate, etc.)
  • Manipulating raster data in Python (crop, mask, reclassify, etc.)
  • Spatial data concepts (vector, raster, coordinate reference systems)

Analyzing Spatial Data

Project 2


  • Basic statistical concepts of spatial data, such as autocorrelation and scale
  • Exploration and statistical modeling with spatio-temporal data
  • Global and local measures of spatial autocorrelation
  • Global and local regression with spatial data
  • Point pattern analysis

Multimodal Map Making (Team Project)

Project 3


  • Visual data hierarchy and color correspondence
  • Design features like a legend, north arrow, scale bar, credits for data sources, author list, and other relevant supporting elements
  • Settings that make the map appealing and viewer-friendly (alignment, contrast, repetition, balance, space)


JayLee Tuil

JayLee Tuil

Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing, UC Davis

Robert Mazur

Robert Mazur

GIS Manager at PlaceWorks

Nick Santos

Nick Santos

Geospatial Applications Researcher, Center for Watershed Sciences

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Coursera does not grant academic credit; the decision to grant, accept, or recognize academic credit, and the process for awarding such credit, is at the sole discretion of the academic institutions offering the MasterTrack™ Certificate program and/or other institutions that have determined that completion of the program may be worthy of academic credit. Completion of a MasterTrack™ Certificate program does not guarantee admission into the full Master’s program referenced herein, or any other degree program.